Monday, 30 November 2009
Thursday, 19 November 2009
My new Aussie mate Keith
This is the final catch brought ashore I am holding a Tailor fish right hand a Mulloway left hand
and in the foreground on jetty two Flat Heads
This the first fish a Mullaway
Your old bonza mate here,
Just to keep you informed that today I went fishing with my new Ausie mate Keith (all Keith's fish) he's a right dincum bloke, we set out in his tinny (a small aluminium dinghy with a outboard) in the UK one wouldn't go across the pond in one but here they are made of harder stuff and set sail in anything that floats, the beauty of it is if you capsize or fall in you don't die of Hypothermia, or Gastric-enteritis you just swim ashore.
So I was collected from the slip way at 06.00 by this time Keith had already caught the bait by using a casting net (remember pictures of Jesus casting nets same thing) We set of at break neck speed for the outer breakwater the boat was only in the water long enough to project us another 3ft above the oncoming waves before crashing down again with a spine breaking crack. On reaching the fishing area Keith had chosen, this happened to be the end of the breakwater were the two waters meet making it very rough water, Keith gave a quick rundown on the fishing techniques and off we started .You will all be pleased to know that I didn't let the Pommie side down and had two in the boat before Keith got a bite. The actual fishing was prolific with fish coming in the boat every couple of minutes. these fish fight like hell and we both love the noise of "Screaming Reels" Keith is very hot on conservation and only legal size fish were taken so lots were returned to fight another day, After three hours of being tossed around like a cork in a bottle we eventually ran out of bait and decided to call it a day.
On returning to the jetty the fish were cleaned and filleted, heads, scraps and bits were thrown to the waiting pelicans, Boat hauled onto the trailer and off for a cappuccino at Keith's house that is only 200 yards from the jetty
Now if anyone can think of a more perfect day then you must tell.
Other than enjoying the sun, sea, sand and Scenery not much else to say
Monday, 16 November 2009
Noreen Cleaning the Pool
Busy day down the broadwater
Saturday, 14 November 2009
Mary and Noreen on Moolooaba Beach
Mark cooking the BAR BE on the beach all you do is turn up with your food push the button and use the BBQ you are expected to clean it after us
My little piece of cake
Hi Folks g'day
Yesterday we went to Mooloolaba just up the coast about 60 miles which in Aus is a short drive. great day lunch at the Surf club then afternoon tea at the coffee and cake shop how else would I be spending the day, Today Saturday I started at 5.30 with a walk down to the beach fore a bit of fishing I caught tow Brim and one sole none big enough to take so there all went back. This afternoon was BBQ afternoon Mark Nadine and Nadines sister and baby came up so we all went down to the beach great afternoon of steak but and beer sun sand sea and salad what more could you ask for.
Love you all
Thursday, 12 November 2009
view from the appartment.
G DAY FOLKS
Thursday 12 arrived yesterday 9.30pm
We have arrived in the antipodes’ visiting our Australian relies, how we got here is a different matter its best if I explain in stages otherwise you will be as confused as we were.
Manchester to London Heathrow starting our journey with a 04.00 taxi drive didn’t get the trip off to such a good start our flight to London was to take off at 06.30 so book in was 2 hours prior which would have been 04.00 we arrived only to have to wait another hour for them to open the book-in desk having done that we still had 45mins to kill so we thought coffee and breakfast ,well at 1.59 for two bits of toast I decided against such extravagance. Anyhow back to the flight we get on board the aircraft only to sit on the tarmac another hour because they were waited for some freight to be loaded and missed the airspace consequently that meant arriving in London 1 hour later which entailed us doing a the 100m dash across Heathrow from terminal one to terminal three it would have been easy if we spoke Urdu, Spanish, Arabic or Swahili as no signs were in bloody English and none of the staff spoke bloody English. We arrived at the Book-in desk with seconds to spare. Great I thought made it. Then it started we were told we would not be seated together as the aircraft was full and the only two seats that were left were not together. At this point I kicked off big style reminder the Lady that I had pre booked my seats and that it was not our fault we were delayed and that to give my seat away was illegal and the fact that I was getting rather pi—ed off with the cowboy outfit and I hadn’t left the UK yet. Though by the time we reached the aircraft they had miraculously found two seats together. The flight from London to Dubai went without incident except that my tv didn’t work but I thought I had done enough shouting and needed a rest.
In Dubai we were allowed to depart foe 20min but it takes 20min to walk off the plane into the airport and back to the departure gate and of course time for Noreen to have the compulsory FAG on getting back on board the pilot informed us that he was having an argument with the authorities about the number of passengers we had and the number they said we had this disagreement lasted an hour an hour we sat on the bloody again. The flight to Brunei was again uneven full
Brunei to Brisbane of course being kept on the tarmac in Dubai we were late arriving in Brunei which meant another dash across an airport this time everyone spoke English because all those who don’t speak English are working at Heathrow just as we reached the boarding gate we were called for to report to the flight booking desk, Ah Mr Hodgkinson London called and asked us to ensure that you and Mrs Hodgkinson are seated together that’s ok said I the seats on the boarding card are fine, no she said we have new seats for you. Great I thought shouting works, on getting on the aircraft I find a 7ft 18stone guy sat in my newly allocated seat now the steward was only 5ft and 10stone so who would you have a go at now this time I really kicked off on a full plane I even offered to sit with the pilot as that was the only so far that I hadn’t been offered. After ten minutes peace was restored and we were told that they had again miraculously found two seats together which on looking at our boarding card were the same two seats we were originally allocated. We arrived in Brisbane without any further incidents. Now if you can follow that then you are better than me because I am still trying too However we are here and its great the weather today is cool at 27 which in our terms is about 82 but of course this is late spring the summer is next month.
just about to have my first G&T of the hols